The word ”ukulele” is Hawaiian and means ”jumping flea”. The Hawaiians thought that the right hand looked like an insect dancing over the strings. The instrument is originally from Portugal and is called cavaquinho, which means something like ”small piece of wood”. A ukulele is around 54 cm long and weighs around 300 grams. In order to discern the common ”true” ukulele from other instruments that also are called ukuleles, we sometimes call it a soprano ukulele.
Sometimes you see people playing an unusually large ”ukulele”, almost the size of a small guitar. It is also called a ukulele– a concert ukulele– even though it’s quite a bit larger,longer and heavier than the normal uke and also tuned to a lower pitch. One might ask where the limits are:how large can a uke be and still call itself a uke?! Read more.
TIPS IF YOU HAVE A CONCERT UKULELE
A concert ukulele is often tuned one whole note below the ukulele. If you have a concert ukelele, and you don’t have a capo, you can easily adapt it with a pencil and a rubber band., so you can use the same grips as us uke-users!
Without a pencil-and-rubber band (or a capo), you’ll need different chord grips. In the video below, I happened to say here that there are only two chords in the Record Song, but if you listen carefully, you’ll hear that there are actually THREE chords in the tune.
If you happened to get hold of an even larger ukulele, a tenor or baritone ukulele, you’ve noticed that there are other chord grips. And it’s harder to get it to fit into your picnic basket!